Open Access: Readings on Black Protest

Teaching about Ferguson

Six scholars reflect on how to connect past and present mourning, refusing to be immobilized by grief, choosing to resist neat explanations, looking beyond the United States, and including Black women, trans and queer victims of racial terror.

Justin Louis Mann, “What’s Your Emergency?: White Women and the Policing of Public Space”

How gender and race play a pivotal role in producing notions of fear and safety when white women make false reports to the police accusing black people of criminal activity.

Erica S. Lawson, “Bereaved Black Mothers and Maternal Activism in the Racial State”

How current maternal activism of Black mothers whose children have been killed by legal and extralegal violence expands our democratic imagination.

Michelle V. Rowley, “‘It Could Have Been Me’ Really? Early Morning Meditations on Trayvon Martin’s Death”

On the complexities of identifying with victims of anti-Black violence and how to imagine a better politics of recognition.

Bettina Judd, excerpt from “Sapphire as Praxis: Toward a Methodology of Anger”

Sandra Bland’s encounter with a policeman, rendered in poetic terms by an author focused on upending the trope of the “angry Black woman.”